Systems Change Thinking - Creating Value from Unavoidable Food Supply Chain Wastes

16 January 2018 08:30-16:30, Leicestershire, United Kingdom

Food and drink is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, employing approximately 400,000 people with a turnover of £76 billion. Food manufacturing is a complex process that is in the main linear- rather than circular-thinking. A staggering 9.9 million tonnes of food waste and food by-products are generated per year in the food industry alone, of which 56% is considered unavoidable. Unavoidable food supply chain wastes (UFSCW) lost after harvest and along the distribution and consumption chain have a dual negative environmental impact: undue pressure on natural resources and ecosystem services and pollution through food discards. However, current strategies for dealing with UFSCW are rudimentary and of low value: these include waste to energy (including incineration and anaerobic digestion), and where possible; animal feed and bedding; compositing; ploughing back in to soil; and, least preferable, landfill.

This event explores UFSCW as a unique bioresource: a treasure trove of unexploited, bio-based materials and chemicals, with a range of potential commercial applications.

This will be an excellent opportunity to interact and connect with academics and industrial colleagues. 

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The deadline for poster abstract submission is 10th December 2017.
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The University of Nottingham

B01, B02, The University of Nottingham, Gateway Building (B01,B02), Sutton Bonington Campus, The University of Nottingham , Leicestershire, LE12 5RD, United Kingdom

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